How to Compare Files in Notepad++

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis is a little off topic from my usual posts on Microsoft Dynamics GP, although it is related.

I recently did some work for a client developing a new EFT File Format and needed to verify that the file form,at loaded into live was the same as that in test which had passed UAT (a few versions had been floating around).

I figured the easiest way was to export both files and then use Notepad++ to compare the files; I was sure that I’d done this before, but I couldn’t immediately see the option to do so.

I then remembered that it was a plugin which I’d installed which added the ability. To add plugins to Notepad++, launch the plugin Manager (Plugins >> Plugin Manager >> Show Plugin Manager):

Notepad++ Plugin menu

Scroll down the list of available plugins and mark the Compare checkbox and click the Install button:

Plugin Manager

A message that an update is available to Plugin Manager is displayed every time I try to add a plugin so I clicked the No button:

After the plugin is installed, Notepad++ needs to be restarted and so clicked Yes:

When Notepad++ restarts, a new set of buttons is added to the toolbar which can be used to initiate the compare and then scross through the changes:

Notepad++ Compare

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